* Posts by Naselus

1472 posts • joined 26 Aug 2014

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles


Re: Local 'languages'

"Genuine question - what is the difference between a dialect and a language?"

This is one of those questions which doesn't have a very good answer anymore.

Originally, it was mostly about writing - Language has a standardized written form and dialect is just the crazy things poor people say when the fail miserably to replicate it in sound form. This was considered a pretty good definition back in the early 1700s when linguistics was just starting out as a discipline and 'civilisation' was considered to stretch from roughly the mouth of the Danube to the Welsh border, and there didn't seem much point in leaving it's boundaries to study what people outside them were doing. The rest of the world was, after all, full of weirdos who couldn't speak proper languages anyway.

However, paradigms change, and it was eventually pointed out that there's loads of people who don't actually use writing who are, none the less, using distinct languages. Like, everyone alive prior to about 3000BC, for starters, along with most people prior to 1800 and a fair number still around today. At that point, though, the classification had become too useful to dispose of, despite the fact that the original definition of their difference was now recognized to be bollocks. So linguists started having to come up with increasingly complex justifications for the categories to exist because they were conceptually too handy to get rid of. It's now hard to find a meaningful explanation of the different that doesn't involve at least some kind of chart, and usually 2 or 3 with multi-page explanations.

There's a lot of this in social sciences. Anthropology has a similar problem with 'race', which was so embedded in the literature when people started questioning the concept's definition (turns out it hasn't actually got one; no-one noticed this for the first hundred years or so of using it) that it's now very hard to get rid of it. But even harder sciences like Biology have issues with it tho - a lot of the classification work in Linnaeus's taxonomy turns out to not really make a lot of sense once you have a better understanding of biology than you could get from a 2-week course in the early 1700s, and the whole thing had to be hastily retro-fitted to follow the phylogeny of organisms after Darwin. There's at least a couple of radical modern biologists who have started to question whether even the idea of species is actually a useful way of categorizing life.


Re: International Recognition

This is doubly true in France, where the state has traditionally had an almost homicidal disdain for regional dialects. You can still find old signs from schoolyards in Brittany saying 'It is forbidden to spit on the ground or speak Breton' or 'Speak French, be clean'.

Backup a sec – is hard drive reliability improving? Annual failure rate from Backblaze comes in at its lowest yet


Re: It's only been 65 years

"Hard drives are going to die, and I'm surprised they haven't already."

No, they aren't. This opinion is completely daft when you look at how storage actually works in the real world.

Enterprise-grade SSDs are still 10x the price per GB of HDD. And for some storage needs, all I care about is price per GB, the speed advantages are irrelevant. Thing is, if you actually look at the data growth in the world, the majority of it turns out to be speed-independent and price-dependent, so HDD is the better medium for it. HDD still makes up over 60% of world storage, and will still be about 55% by 2024. Given storage demand doubles every 4 years, this means that HDD space demand is still growing in enormously absolute terms, despite the relative decline in market share. And unless someone manages to reduce SSD production costs by a factor of about 20 (hard, since these costs are actually rising as NAND density increases, and a NAND fab costs 10-20 times as much in startup capital compared to an HDD fab) it's simply never going to compete on price per GB.

SSD is going to take the performance areas of storage from HDD, tho tbh it more or less already has - 15krpm is long dead and 10k is not long for the world. In the 7.2k and slower, HDD is not even really in decline - it's still growing at a healthy rate and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

This NSA, FBI security advisory has four words you never want to see together: Fancy Bear Linux rootkit


Re: 85th Main Special Service Center

84 is traffic control; 83 is room service, 82 is tech support....

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'


Re: Never used PSH... question

Define 'casual user'.

Most PS commands have the equivalent cmd command as an alias, so you can use things like 'dir', 'copy' or 'del'.

On the other hand, if you have a 32-page long .bat file then no, it'll almost certainly need rewriting.

Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site


Re: Trend Micro

You forgot to mention that it has a pretty abysmal hit rate for a supposedly enterprise-grade AV product, too.


Re: "It is not clear why Trend's software does this"

In fairness, pretty sure the last 2 years or so of Trend's software releases had already trashed their reputation. Every decent security team I know of have regarded Trend as something of a bad joke for at least 18 months.

Red Hat’s new CEO on surviving inside Big Blue: 'We don’t participate in IBM's culture. It’s that simple'


Oh Dear

He sounds like he genuinely believes all that stuff, doesn't he?


Re: An Almighty Trojan Acquisition ........

"Are you seriously suggesting RedHat is going to take over IBM, amfM?"

There's every bit as much chance that he's talking about super-sized condoms as he is trojan horses tbh.

Adobe’s Flash fade may force vCenter upgrades unless you run dodgy browsers


Re: This is why

The HTML 5 client isn't that bad anymore. It is still pretty telling that it's only just reaching parity with where the .NET client already was 5 years ago tho.

It's official: In May, Microsoft will close the door, lock the vault, brick over the entrance of dreaded Windows 10 1809


Re: No longer a "religious" UI fanatic...

"The Windows UI has never been truly atrocious, except in Win 8 of course. "

Even win 8 wasn't that bad if you only used it with a touch-screen. We had a bunch of Sony tablet-laptop convertible things that it came pre-installed on; using it 'natively' on the touchscreen was actually quite good.

The moment you plugged in a keyboard and mouse like a civilized human being, on the other hand, it was a complete nightmare of trying to use gestures and swipes with input devices that simply don't translate.

What do we want? A proper review of IR35! When do we want it? Last year! Bunch of IT contractors protest outside UK Parliament


Re: I found a way to beat IR35

"Anyone who tries to say you're an employee with this method of business is barking."

Statement in no way contradicts HMRC determining you're an employee.

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey


Re: Does IR35 actually generate revenue?

The point isn't to generate revenue, it's to eliminate fake contractor jobs. Most of the tax dodge issues with contracting were eliminated years ago.

Realistically, we shouldn't have a system where it's cheaper for me to employ a contractor for 10 years on double the rate of regular staff, but we currently do. In these cases, the employer saves on all the benefits and so reduces their bill, and the contractor takes home a fair bit more pay than his permanent colleagues too due to inefficiencies in the tax system (and yes, before many of the 'contractors pay 3% more tax!' people jump in, at some income levels contractors pay more, but at others they pay rather less than they ought to - particularly the lower end. This is intended to protect professionals during slow business periods, given that they then over-pay during good years, but if your take-home pay is always £25k then it's not a 'slow period', you're just underpaying tax for your income rate forever).

Often the low-end contractor in question doesn't particularly want to be a contractor but just isn't given the option of a permanent role by the employer. I was a contractor when I started out on the helpdesk 20 years ago, and 17 year old me certainly wasn't taking advantage of any tax opportunities - I was being exploited by an employer who wanted the option of firing me on a day's notice despite me working for them for 4 years. And yes, my pretax hourly rate was 50% higher than I would've got as a permy, but I was paying an effective 35% tax on under 20 grand a year, so the 20% or so extra money in my pocket at the end of the day wasn't much compensation for no paid holidays, no paid sick leave, no pension and no protections.

The idea is supposed to be this: If you're a genuine contractor, then offset any losses by simply charging your client the difference. It's a business cost and you pass those through to your client, after all. If they actually need a contractor for the work (short-term project, specialist 1-off expertise requirement etc) then they'll pay up because, well, they don't have an option. If what they actually need is a permanent employee but they're looking for ways to avoid paying the full cost for one, then your increased price ought to make the permy a better economic option and so cut the dodgy practices.

Unfortunately, the legislation is drafted poorly and HMRC have done a terrible job of putting it into practice, so what ought to actually be a fairly good idea has arrived as a turd.


Re: It's not just about the contractors which HMRC appear to forget

"As for the wage slave above on £27k a year - if you're in computing, you're in the wrong job!"

Bit of a blanket statement when location has a major impact on this. £27k is a bad entry-level starting salary in the South or around London but is only a touch low for a mid-level salary for many IT jobs in the North - not uncommon if you're at an SME in Manchester or Leeds. I've often noted that I could be earning easily twice my salary if I took the same job in London (along with tripling my living costs and having to live within easy travel distance of my mother-in-law, which removes it from consideration)

Ever had a script you just can't scratch? Excel on the web now has just the thing


Re: Close[1] but no cigar

Or because both spreadsheets are now several hundred thousand lines past the point they should've been moved out of excel and into something more robust...

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable


Round our way, that's considered a form of witchcraft.

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal


Re: Never get too wedded to a particular product

"and according to rumours hangouts will expire soon"

The question there is, will anyone notice?

Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years


Well, restoring the servers and DBs etc probably only cost about $2000. The rest was spent buying a replacement iMac with a new monitor stand.

It's all in the wrist: Your fitness tracker could be as much about data warfare as your welfare


Re: Troll?

"It argues two different sides and then with no proper discussion comes to an obviously nonsensical conclusion."

Could basically say this about al of Pesce's articles.

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants


"For comment, we've brought in a noted IT security expert with a PhD in Compsci and 25 years of experience in the field to argue in favour, and a plumber called Tom who can't turn on his laptop without help from his grandchildren to argue against. We're going to give them both equal airtime and treat their opinions as equally valid on the topic."

Frontiersman Cray snags $50m storage contract for 'largest single filesystem'


If HPE is involved

Then I believe the correct spelling is 'shyster'.

23. 712. 3. 608. 45. 89. 11. 332. 841. 255. You want more? Cloudflare and pals are streaming 'em live from new RNG API


Re: how long

Somewhere at a major bank near you, a coder is halfway through the article and already decided TL,DR.

Nope, we're stuffed, shrieks Apple channel as iPhone shipments enter a double-digit spiral


Re: Have you seen how much a Ferrari costs?

"Said Genius will tell you you need a brand new Ferrari when all you need is a new tyre."

And Said Genius will be right, since the tyre is not removable from the ret of the car without destroying the entire wheel train in the process, and the wheel it's attached to is specifically designed to run backwards if a non-Ferrari brand tyre is installed.

Someone slipped a vuln into crypto-wallets via an NPM package. Then someone else siphoned off $13m in coins to protect it from thieves


Re: Surely...

"Real currency is slightly similar, in that all the *banks* collectively agree it has value."

No so much the banks, as the taxman. He makes you pay your taxes in £, so demand for £ has a floor and so it has value.

Apple strips clips of WWDC devs booing that $999 monitor stand from the web using copyright claims. Fear not, you can listen again here...


Re: Palpatine

"But I think the major market is probably a small number of high end graphics workstation purchasers."

I don't, the users in that market mostly use fully-repositionable monitor arms, which are not only about an eighth of the price of this stand, but are considerably more useful.

This is aimed, mostly, at the "I Want A Shiny" exec crowd, who simply MUST use Outlook on a 6k screen and so must also have a $999 monitor stand to hold it on.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though


Every company in the world is going to try and make sure they own as many TLD-variants of their name as possible. So if I work for companyA inc, I'm going to try and get CompanyA.com, CompanyA.co.uk, and now I also need to own CompanyA.uk.

That's all this is tbh, a meas for some registrar to tax me an extra 8 quid a year so that CompanyA.uk doesn't get bought up by a bestiality porn site.

Amazon Alexa: 'Pre-wakeword' patent application suggests plans to process more of your speech


""Of course Alexa has to listen all the time for the wake word"

"...but other speech is normally ignored."

Sure it is. Sure.

UK's internet registry prepares a £100m windfall for its board members – and everyone else will pay for it


Re: All those names ... all that confusion

Since basically no-one wanted these new TLDs apart from the DNS registrars who are set to make an absolute killing off companies that now need to buy 2 domain names instead of 1... yes.

This whole thing was just cooked up so that they could take an extra 8 quid off every company in the country every year, any serious argument levelled against the plan had to be ignored completely.

Still sniggering at that $999 monitor stand? Apple just got serious about the enterprise


Is this not just yet more examples of Apple playing catch-up to stuff that everyone else has been doing for years, tho...?

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand


Re: How much? They gotta be kidding, right?

"This thing costs at least 30% more than competing workstations"

More like 50% more, and that's just tower vs tower before we even get into the silly nonsense about $1k stands.

And tbh the specs are not overly impressive by modern standards; I was buying similar machines 2-3 years ago for £2000 each for architectural visualization work (lots of 3DSMax, full adobe suite, even some mega-scale point cloud stuff), only with a gfx card that's twice as powerful and 64 gig of RAM. This is not likely to lure anyone who isn't already running a Mac estate into Apple Land tbh.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI


Re: Shocked

"You can't prove a negative, this kind of reasoning is stupid."

Uh, while I don't believe that Apple is using TouchID to mass-harvest fingerprints for a secret database, you CAN prove a negative. For example, 'The is no milk in this bowl' is a negative, and can be proven by simple observation of the lack of milk within the bowl.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back


Re: Same trick, new pony

"Feature complete Photoshop is coming to iOS in 2019, so there'll be a couple of years to demonstrate ARM productivity applications can work well."

Relying on Adobe to produce evidence of software 'working well' is a recipe for disaster tbh...

Welcome! Mimecast finds interesting door policies on email filters


Agreed; I read the article and thought 'and that's about how much shit Mimecast let through into our system every week, too'.

Microsoft's next trick? Kicking things out of the cloud to Azure IoT Edge


For their next trick

They'll encourage you to move everything off the IoT edge devices onto a large number of individual devices which house both storage and compute in one box. And they'll be kept on-prem, possibly in a dedicated, air-conditioned room, in order to eliminate network latency problems.

That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers


Re: annnnnnnd..........

Only for the premises to be occupied by a new company called Our Valut Ltd, with all the same directors, staff, and equipment, as of Monday Morning.

Tintri terminates 200 staff, cash set to run dry in a couple of days


A case of some really solid staff making some really awesome tech... being completely squandered under incompetent management running an unworkable market strategy. Based on their arrays alone, Tintri are one of the better new storage firms; this is down to a long-running management failure that's stretched on for a couple of years.

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine


Re: sustainable, clean energy

"The biggest issue with nuclear is that all current practical economics models emphasise short-term outcomes"

No, the biggest issue is that the public hate them, since they all grew up reading comic books about multi-tentacled super-mutants and nuclear meltdowns that turn the planet into Mad Max World. The reality of nuclear power is basically irrelevant as long as the general population has effectively zero understanding of them, and zero interest in learning about them.


Re: "some kind of journalist rating system"

"It's way better than that. He wants to call the site "Pravda"."

It also only took him about 3 days from declaring his intention to police the media before he linked to a conspiracy site literally connected to a cult, too.


Low AI rollout caused by dumb, fashion-victim management – Gartner


Re: Can I bid?

Does it come in ecosystem?

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO


"And whilst I'm thinking about this, if Ned Pyle really wants to see the end of SMB1 he should push for MS and people like CERT to issue official statements that any device that defaults to SMB1 is, their considered expert view, not safe to connect to a network in 2018 and therefore not fit for purpose."

Think more or less everyone now has issued such statements. Repeatedly. For most of the last 5 years.


Re: smb 1

"You might need to have a word with the head of your IT dept. as if a file server is being used in a work environment that doesn't support at least SMBv2 then something needs to change ASAP"

Probably including users being able to uninstall their own antivirus if they feel like it, too.

You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency


Re: This may all be true

You're right, nearly 4% of engineering staff are women. It's a goddamn meat market compared to the rest of the Valley.

Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace


Re: And I always thought it was Dark 'cos we can't see it

"they are not "conceits made to make models work", they are "conceits" (if you will) to make observations of certain things consistent with physical laws that explain everything else."

Um, the combination of all the laws of physics is a model. So yes, they genuinely ARE 'conceits made to make models work'.

It's just that almost all the other bits of the model are independently, observably true - the model isn't incorrect, but rather is incomplete.

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses


'New' obsession? Politicians have been doing this forever. For example, you may have heard of Joseph McCarthy?

The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players


Re: Lazy excuses

"These are big enough and ugly enough companies to defend themselves so could someone ask How a "not happened yet" event is linked to Jagex's price increase?"

You know, it says a lot about the mentality of the average Leave voter that the very concept of planning ahead for a foreseeable event occurring in the next twelve months seems absurd to them.

NAND chips are going to stay too pricey for flash to slit disk's throat...


Re: Golf cart versus BMW

As long as any HDD tech maintains a lower $/GB price tag, then it'll still see use over SSD for performance-agnostic workloads.

And no, the power cost difference won't matter as long as the difference in up-front $/GB remains over 20:1 or so - in other words, SSD prices would need to fall to more than 5 times lower than predicted for 2021.


Re: Cost per GB per IOP

"When taking IOPS into account the price per GB goes up massively with spinning rust."

IOPS are not relevant in all storage cases, just as $-per-GB is not relevant in all storage cases. You don't put your most intensive IO apps on spinning rust, but you also don't put archival workloads on SSD unless you are criminally bad at budget management.


Re: Reliability of SSD vs spinning metal?

"So when will SSD reliability overtake spinning drive reliability?"

About 2007.


Some of us have been saying that for years

Unlike Gartner, who change their mind about it every six months or so.

Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries


Putting tariffs on US-produced soya is not the same as putting tariffs on all foreign-produced soya. Other large soy bean exporters (Brazil, Argentina etc) will quickly take Chinese market share from the now non-competitive US producers, and will expand production to take advantage of it.


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